Front gardens: To pave or not to pave?
Paving over your entire front garden can have a serious impact
on the natural and urban environment. Replacing gardens with
- increases the chance of flooding
- decreases the appearance of properties and can lower their
- increases water pollution
- decreases biodiversity
When it rains the water cannot soak into the ground, and flows
into the drainage system. During heavy rainfall, the drains cannot
cope with the additional water and this can cause flooding and
result in damage to streets and properties. This condition has been
worsened particularly due to climate change.
Did you know? The London Assembly has found
that almost a quarter of the front gardens in South-East England
are now completely paved over: an area equal to 5,200 football
Planting trees and vegetation in front gardens
Putting vegetation, especially trees in front gardens will bring
many benefits such as:
- providing points of infiltration for surface runoff and hence
help to prevent flooding
- improving the appearance of your house and street thereby
increase the value of property
- capturing carbon dioxide and moderating local climate around
buildings to reduce energy used for heating or cooling, thereby
reduce carbon emissions
- helping to remove pollution and particles/sediments from
- providing a source of food/habitat for wildlife and hence
helping to increase biodiversity
Please follow the links under the ‘Useful
websites' section for information and advice on front gardens and
Planning permission now required to pave over your garden
New planning legislation means that planning permission is now
required to pave over your garden with more than 5 square meters of
There are circumstances where permission is not required.
For more information, please refer to the Government
Guidance on the permeable surfaces of front
Using permeable surfacing and planting more vegetation prevents
the flooding of your property and improves its appearance (and
Redbridge’s pound for pound tree planting scheme
Trees improve and enhance the environment of Redbridge. The '£
for £' scheme allows you to get involved in the planting of new
trees in your local area. Under the scheme, the Council will
finance 50% of the cost of supplying and planting trees in
An application for the scheme can be made for any location
within the Borough, on private or public land.
Applications for front gardens are particularly welcomed.
For more information, visit the
pound for pound page.